Tutuianu: Pro Romania must nominate its own presidential candidate

Pro Romania’s Vice-Chair, Senator Adrian Tutuianu said on Tuesday in a press conference in Targoviste that Pro Romania must nominate its own presidential candidate after the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE.) announced that they will have their own candidates.

Tutuianu also said that the statement made on Monday that Pro Romania could support Gabriela Firea in the presidential elections if she ran independently was one made personally, without consulting the party. Firea, says Tutuianu, would be a candidate who has the chance to reach the runoff.

“The idea of an alliance Pro-Romania-PSD-ALDE was launched by Victor Ponta, who said that for the health of Romania’s political life, such an alliance could lead a candidate in the runoff. Look how serious the situation of Romanian social-democracy is. It is not thinking about winning the presidential elections, but to take a candidate in the runoff. (…) But what happened yesterday [Monday] shows that such an alliance is not possible,” Tutuianu said.

He said that, following the PSD and ALDE decisions on candidates, Pro Romania will have to nominate its own candidate.

The vice-chair of Pro Romania also said that Sorin Campeanu is the party’s first option and referred to the recent statements he made about a candidacy of Gabriela Firea.

“Who will be our candidate? The first option discussed in the party was Sorin Campeanu. The option of Corina Cretu was also advanced and I, personally, said yesterday that supporting Mrs Firea as an independent candidate, because the mayor status does not allow her to be a member of Pro Romania, could be a solution that will lead us to the runoff,” added Tutuianu.

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